Peacock Gudgeon (Tateurndina Ocellicauda) Fish Species Profile
The Peacock Gudgeon is an amazingly attractive, peaceful and unique freshwater fish. Not only do they look amazing, but they are hardy and easy to look after. They do not need certain conditions that are challenging to maintain, and they get along with plenty of other species making them a great member of the community aquarium.
These fish have elongated bodies. Their heads are rounded, and adult males can develop a nuchal hump on the forehead, making that round shape even more pronounced.
They have a blueish-silvery body and display pink, black and yellow marks along the body, and the fins have a bright yellow thick edge. Females also have a thinner strip of black on top of the yellow portion of the fins.
The sides of their body sport red dotted stripes that run vertically down the entire length of the fish and they have a yellow abdomen. On either side of the body, there is a single, large black spot at the base of the caudal fin, and this distinct characteristic gives them the peacock name.
|Scientific Name||Tateurndina Ocellicauda|
|Other Names||Peacock Goby|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||4 - 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 7.5 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 79 ℉ (22.2 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.8|
|GH||5 - 12|
Peacock Gudgeons are endemic to the eastern part of Papua New Guinea. You can also find them throughout Australia and New Zealand.
They inhabit soft and acidic waters in lowland, slow-moving streams, rivers, or shallow still ponds that are warm and loaded with dense vegetation.
It is very challenging to feed the peacock gudgeons as they are very picky eaters. Some hobbyists have been successful when providing them with high-quality dried food, but this species almost always prefer live or frozen foods.
You can attempt to give them dry food to see if your fish like it. However, it is recommended to supplement that diet with live food such as bloodworms, daphnia and brine shrimp, as they are all excellent choices and will help your fish to maintain health and their colours and will keep them happy.